House of Lords - Minute
          
House of Lords
Session 1998-99
Publications on the internet
Minutes and Order Papers

Minutes and Order Paper - Order Paper and Future Business

Back to Judicial Business
 

NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

Items marked are expected to be taken during the dinner adjournment.

MONDAY 28TH JUNE

At half-past two o’clock

*The Lord Harris of Greenwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Ministers have had any discussions with the chairman of the Press Complaints Commission following recent intrusions into personal privacy by tabloid newspapers.

*The Earl of Carlisle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they are terminating the Joint Industrial and Commercial Attachments Programme for British businesses in Russia and Central and Eastern Europe, and what they intend to put in its place.

*The Lord Peyton of Yeovil—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to be in a position to estimate the total cost of the NATO operation against Serbia, how it will be shared out between the Member States, and by whom the matter will be decided.

*The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to temper the impact on manufacturing industry of increases in taxation of energy, or to offer compensation.

Academic and Academic-Related Staff Pay and Conditions Bill [HL]Committee [The Lord McCarthy]

†The Lord McCarthy to move, That the order of commitment be discharged.

Road Traffic (Vehicle Testing) Bill—Committee [The Lord Lucas of Chilworth]

†The Lord Lucas of Chilworth to move, That the order of commitment be discharged.

Greater London Authority Bill—House to be again in Committee [The Lord Whitty] [16th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

‡Tax Credits Bill—Consideration of Commons Reasons [The Baroness Hollis of Heigham]

TUESDAY 29TH JUNE

*The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their plans for restoring the morale of junior hospital doctors.

*The Lord Waddington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they can require the Channel Islands to change their taxation laws if these constitute harmful tax competition.

*The Baroness Masham of Ilton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will have enough diabetic specialists to deal with the projected rise of diabetes and its complications in the twenty-first century.

*The Baroness Ludford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how a proposal to award a London Transport contract to Railtrack regarding sub-surface underground lines meets the requirements of European Union tendering rules.

†Breeding and Sale of Dogs (Welfare) Bill—Third Reading [The Lord Soulsby of Swaffham Prior]

Immigration and Asylum Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Williams of Mostyn]

Company and Business Names (Chamber of Commerce, Etc.) Bill—Second Reading [The Viscount Montgomery of Alamein]

Cathedrals Measure—The Lord Bishop of London to move, That this House do direct that, in accordance with the Church of England Assembly (Powers) Act 1919, the Measure be presented to Her Majesty for the Royal Assent.

Care of Places of Worship Measure—The Lord Bishop of London to move, That this House do direct that, in accordance with the Church of England Assembly (Powers) Act 1919, the Measure be presented to Her Majesty for the Royal Assent.

Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty Bill [HL]—Grand Committee [The Lord Renton of Mount Harry] (in the Moses Room at 3.30 pm)

WEDNESDAY 30TH JUNE

will be introduced.

*The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the recent OFSTED report on Summerhill School.

*The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what further consideration will be given to ensuring that the climate change levy will not place high energy-using industries, including the engineering steels industry, in an internationally uncompetitive position.

*The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been done to improve access to justice for disabled people.

House of Lords Bill—Further consideration on report [The Baroness Jay of Paddington]

‡The Lord Pilkington of Oxenford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are prepared to accept that some selection in education has value.

ROYAL ASSENT

THURSDAY 1ST JULY

[Prayers will have been read]

*The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to consult Parliament on the United Kingdom’s preferred agenda for the European Union Inter-governmental Conference now planned for next year.

*The Lord Archer of Sandwell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what further action they will propose to other NATO countries by way of reviewing NATO’s Strategic Concept.

*The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have prepared for the reform of the United Nations Security Council, covering both its membership and its procedures.

[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Greater London Authority Bill will be continued this day]

MONDAY 5TH JULY

*The Baroness Thomas of Walliswood—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are disappointed with Railtrack’s performance, as highlighted by the Rail Regulator, in relation both to increasing capacity on the West Coast Main Line and in meeting agreed targets for reductions in delays.

*The Baroness Seccombe—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why no women’s organisations were consulted over the decision to legalise buggery with girls under 18, and whether this is consistent with the declared policy in the document Better for Women, Better for All-Listening to Women of consulting women on all matters of concern to them.

*The Viscount Falkland—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are being taken to ensure that British enterprise plays an effective role in the reconstruction of Kosovo.

*The Lord Paul—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current state of relations within the Asian community in England.

†Protection of Children Bill—Third Reading [The Lord Laming]

‡The Lord Hunt of Tanworth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made on plans, referred to in paragraph 8.8 of the White Paper Modern Local Government: In Touch with the People, to introduce a new duty on local authorities to promote the economic, social and environmental well-being of their area and accompanying powers.

[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Greater London Authority Bill will be continued this day]

TUESDAY 6TH JULY

*The Baroness Knight of Collingtree—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is a proper function of a university to carry out research which involves recruiting and paying 600 homosexual males to have anal intercourse.

*The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what conclusions they draw from the 130 cases brought against Turkey to the European Commission and Court of Human Rights, and in particular those of Mentes v. Turkey, Akdivar v. Turkey and Selcuk and Asker v. Turkey, concerning the destruction and depopulation of villages.

*The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Highways Agency is responsible for authorising the timing, route and lane occupancy of wide loads on motorways and whether compensation is payable by the operator to other drivers for any delay such movements may cause.

*The Baroness Young—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether pupils from British Schools in the European Union who qualify for places at British universities are excluded from the student loan scheme.

Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill—House to be again in Committee [The Baroness Hollis of Heigham] [17th and 19th Reports from the Delegated Powers Committee]

‡The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the circumstances and background of the arrest of General Pinochet; what was the role of the police, the Crown Prosecution Service, Ministers and the Diplomatic Service; and what has been the effect on Anglo-Chilean relations.

WEDNESDAY 7TH JULY

*The Lord Gladwyn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are taking any action to discourage begging in London.

*The Lord Harris of High Cross—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether in the legal system wealthy litigants have an unfair advantage against litigants of modest means; and, if so, whether this is consistent with their aim of justice for all.

*The Lord Laming—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the responsibilities of local authorities for the continuing care of the elderly people they place in independently run residential homes.

‡The Lord Renwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what decisions were taken at the Council of Ministers of the European Space Agency on 11th and 12th May; and what were the implications of these decisions for United Kingdom space policy.

[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Greater London Authority Bill will be continued this day]

THURSDAY 8TH JULY

*The Viscount Craigavon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what key future actions and benchmarks about Reproductive Health were agreed at the recent special session at the United Nations General Assembly, and how Her Majesty’s Government will respond.

*The Lord Northbourne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Secretary of State for Education and Employment’s proposals published on 13th May for the new Curriculum for Personal, Social and Health Education and for Citizenship omit any reference to marriage.

*The Baroness Gardner of Parkes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether standards for the disposal of health care waste are satisfactory.

Employment Relations Bill—Report [The Lord Simon of Highbury] [19th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

FRIDAY 9TH JULY

[At eleven o’clock]

Road Traffic (Use of Mobile Telephones) Bill [HL]—Second Reading [The Lord Davies of Oldham]

Genetically Modified Crops Bill [HL]—Committee [The Baroness Miller of Hendon]

†Road Traffic (Enforcement Powers) Bill [HL]—Committee [The Earl Attlee]

MONDAY 12TH JULY

*The Lord Ackner—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are adequate powers to regulate the use of jet-skis so that they do not prejudice the safety of other users of United Kingdom waters; and, if so, what are these powers.

*The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they believe the United Nations Security Council should take to assist the peaceful implementation of the popular consultation in East Timor on 8th August under secure, intimidation-free conditions.

*The Lord Renton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in their attempt to resolve the dispute between the European Union and the United States Government in the “Banana War”.

*The Lord Walton of Detchant—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the Bett Committee report which has recommended substantial pay increases for academic and academic-related staff in United Kingdom universities.

TUESDAY 13TH JULY

*The Lord Renton of Mount Harry—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will announce their decision on the future status, as protected areas of landscape, of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and the arrangements for the long-term funding of their management.

*The Lord Roberts of Conwy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the ministerial complement of the Welsh Office after the Secretary of State has resigned his office to become the First Secretary of the National Assembly for Wales.

*The Lord Islwyn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will inquire into the impact of United Nations sanctions against Iraq on the despatch of medical supplies, by post, by individuals on a non-commercial basis.

†*The Lord Taverne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to support the Britain in Europe campaign.

WEDNESDAY 14TH JULY

*The Lord Walpole—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to build on the links between individuals which have already been forged by twinning with towns and cities in former Yugoslavia.

*The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are proposing to take to ensure that both United Kingdom primary school children and United Kingdom dairy farmers continue to benefit from the European Union School Milk Subsidy Scheme.

*The Lord Ezra—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made in the review of electricity trading arrangements.

THURSDAY 15TH JULY

*The Viscount Trenchard—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, as a member of the Paris Club, they will encourage the Government of Pakistan not to default on its public debt.

*The Lord Hurd of Westwell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to build up the United Nations civilian administration of Kosovo recently authorised by the Security Council.

*The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether satisfactory progress is being made with the compensation scheme instituted for former miners with respiratory problems.

WEDNESDAY 21ST JULY

*The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when and upon what basis the decision was made to increase the maximum residue level of glyphosate in food by 200 per cent; whether the increase also applies to glufosinate ammonium; and whether it is their practice to advise food manufacturers and retailers when such changes are made.

THURSDAY 22ND JULY

*The Viscount Gage—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider lowering the rate of VAT on repairs to listed buildings.

NO DAY NAMED

PART I

The Lord Simon of Glaisdale—To move to resolve, That the prolixity of the Statute Book has increased, is increasing and ought to be diminished.

The Lord Moynihan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on the institutional and financing reforms, including the re-weighting of votes in the Council of Ministers, necessary for European Union enlargement.

The Lord Barnett—To call attention to the prospects for the United Kingdom joining EMU in the foreseeable future; and to move for papers.

The Lord Paul—To call attention to the role of privately owned businesses in the British economy; and to move for papers.

The Lord Vinson—To call attention to the case for using nuclear energy to meet the United Kingdom’s Kyoto Conference obligations for the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions; and to move for papers.

The Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they see the development of the defence role of the Western European Union.

The Lord Rea—To call attention to the Report of the Independent Inquiry into Inequalities in Health chaired by Sir Donald Acheson; and to move for papers.

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to reduce the incidence of violent and disruptive behaviour by passengers on aircraft entering or leaving the United Kingdom.

The Earl of Gowrie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the recent financial settlement for the arts constitutes a stable basis of arts funding for the early years of the forthcoming millennium.

The Baroness Denton of Wakefield—To call attention to the future for small businesses in the United Kingdom; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Hooper—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their current policy towards Cuba.

The Earl of Northesk—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to their response to the 6th Report of the House of Commons Select Committee on Public Administration (Session 1997-98), whether they will clarify how the Strategic Communications Unit distinguishes between legitimate activity on behalf of the Government and activity which could unduly advantage the party of Government.

The Earl of Longford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their policy that an individual convicted three times of burglary should be sentenced to at least three years in prison was formulated with full regard to the alternatives to prison in such cases.

The Baroness Denton of Wakefield—To call attention to the role of the Minister for Women; and to move for papers.

The Earl of Carlisle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will arrange for a pardon to be granted to the 343 officers, non-commissioned officers and soldiers from the United Kingdom and the British Empire, who, during the First World War, were “shot at dawn”.

The Lord Taverne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the arrangements now in force to ensure the safety of genetically modified foods.

The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to comply with their obligation under section 39 of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997, which came into force on 1st October 1997, to establish a central computerised register of persons who have applied for a firearm or shotgun certificate or to whom a firearm or shotgun certificate has been granted.

The Lord Alton of Liverpool—To call attention to the renewal of arms export licences for British companies selling arms to Indonesia; and to move for papers.

The Lord Freyberg—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their plans for the funding and role of art colleges in the United Kingdom.

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their view of the current divergences between the United States, Russia and China about the future of the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, and their effect on the credibility of the British thermonuclear deterrent.

The Lord Luke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in promoting the regeneration of seaside resorts.

The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is now their policy towards a sustainable peace settlement in the Middle East five years after the signing of the Oslo Peace Agreement.

The Earl of Mar and Kellie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have a strategy for the safe disposal of sewage sludge and waste in Scotland.

The Baroness Byford—To call attention to the contribution made by rural businesses to the United Kingdom economy; and to move for papers.

The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what examples they have of good practice in long-term overseas development, with special reference to Africa and India.

The Lord Chadlington—To call attention to the levels of suicide in the United Kingdom, particularly amongst the young, the elderly and those in high risk occupations such as farming; to consider ways in which such suicides can be reduced; and to move for papers.

The Lord Harris of High Cross—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they approve of the policy of the National Trust and Wealden District Council to permit the continuing erosion of the cliff at Birling Gap near Eastbourne which affects homes, local employment and tourism.

The Viscount Montgomery of Alamein—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in implementing the White Paper proposals for the overseas territories (Cm 4264).

The Lord Rotherwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy regarding the planning provisions and facilities for General Aviation (GA).

The Lord Wade of Chorlton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they provide an appropriate level of support for the export of United Kingdom environmental technologies and services.

The Earl of Clancarty—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what help is being given to artists (including writers, performing artists and visual artists) whose work in the field of culture is unable to generate a living income for them.

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will reconsider their support for the American cruise missile attack on the al-Shifa pharmaceutical factory in the light of subsequent scientific and technical reports on the matter.

The Lord Methuen—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider revoking dormant mineral planning consents granted before 1960.

The Earl of Kinnoull—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with arrangements for air traffic control at London’s airports and what is their response to recent reports of near misses between civil aircraft.

The Viscount Tenby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to raise public awareness of the dangers of excessive speeding.

The Earl of Listowel—To call attention to the case for an increase in specialised high quality hostel provision for young homeless people addicted to drugs or alcohol; and to move for papers.

The Earl of Listowel—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to increase the availability of counselling for young homeless people.

The Earl of Longford—To ask HMG what is their response to the latest annual report from Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons; and what developments there have been since the report was published.

The Viscount Astor—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the Steering Group’s recommendations on the future of the Tote.

The Lord Lofthouse of Pontefract—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to expedite the British Coal Respiratory Disease Handling Agreement.

The Lord Hogg of Cumbernauld—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the contribution of the city of Aberdeen and North-East Scotland to the economy of the United Kingdom.

The Lord Ahmed—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will encourage India and Pakistan to sign the nuclear Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).

The Lord Ahmed—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they would support lifting of sanctions and debt relief for India and Pakistan if they resolve the Kashmir problem in accordance with the United Nations Resolutions.

The Lord Ahmed—To ask HMG whether they intend to extend to the rest of the United Kingdom legislation which applies in Northern Ireland against religious discrimination.

The Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will take steps to end the present mandatory requirement on personal pension fund holders to purchase an annuity at the age of 75, in view of the present low return on such annuities.

The Baroness Anelay of St Johns—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they consider will be the impact of the broadcasting revolution on the 8.7 million deaf and hard of hearing people who live in the United Kingdom.

The Lord Redesdale—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to help reconstruction and development in Mozambique.

The Viscount Waverley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it would assist future conflict resolution if United Nations, Commonwealth, Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe and Organisation for African Unity principles were modernised by clarifying the criteria when the right of self determination can supersede that of territorial integrity.

The Earl of Clancarty—To call attention to the United Kingdom-wide effects of devolution, including the institution of the Scottish Parliament and the Welsh Assembly, on the arts and their administration; and to move for papers.

The Lord Northbourne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they consider to be the role of fathers in the family and in the rearing of children, whether they believe that role to be important, and what they are doing to support men in their role as fathers.

The Lord Chalfont—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the issues raised in the Computer Weekly report RAF Justice are serious enough to justify re-opening the RAF Board of Inquiry into the crash of Chinook Helicopter ZD576 on the Mull of Kintyre on 2nd June 1994.

House of Lords Bill—The Lord Nunburnholme to move, That the bill be referred to the Examiners in respect of clause 2.

The Lord Teviot—To ask HMG whether the level of blood stocks and public participation in blood donation are adequate.

The Lord Morris of Castle Morris—To ask HMG what is their policy on the education of nurses.

House of Lords Bill—The Lord Northbrook to move, That the bill be referred to the Examiners.

The Lord Chadlington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what policies they are considering to realise the full potential of the Internet and prevent its exploitation.

The Lord Swinfen—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they consider should be taken to ensure that the Tourism For All initiative is a success.

The Lord Kingsland to move, That the Committee for Privileges do consider whether the House of Lords Bill (as amended in Committee) would, if enacted, affect the right of those hereditary peers who have answered to their Writ of Summons before the bill receives Royal Assent to continue to sit and vote throughout the Parliament in which the bill is enacted.

The Lord St John of Fawsley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the present uses of the Royal Parks are appropriate.

The Lord Ewing of Kirkford—To call attention to the BBC’s reporting of the NATO operation in Kosovo; and to move for papers.

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the performance and effectiveness of the Meat Hygiene Service.

PART II

SELECT COMMITTEE REPORTS

[The date in brackets is that on which the Report was published]

The Lord Tombs—To move, That this House take note of the Report of the Science and Technology Committee on Management of Nuclear Waste (3rd Report, HL Paper 41). [24th March]

The Lord Reay—To move, That this House take note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on A Reformed CAP? The outcome of Agenda 2000 (8th Report, HL Paper 61). [25th May]

The Lord Hope of Craighead—To move, That this House take note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on Prosecuting Fraud on the Communities’ Finances—the Corpus Juris (9th Report, HL Paper 62). [26th May]

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

[Tabled on the dates shown]

20th May

The Baroness Rawlings—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the endorsement by European Union Foreign Ministers of the involvement of President Ahtisaari of Finland in the diplomatic track on 19th May, what role it is intended that he should play in the brokering and implementation of a peace agreement in relation to the roles of the United Nations Secretary-General’s special advisers, Carl Bildt and Mr Kukan of Slovakia, and that of the Russian peace envoy, Viktor Chernomyrdin.      (HL2632)

21st May

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what the signatories of the Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources are doing about over-fishing.      (HL2642)

25th May

The Viscount Exmouth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 3rd November 1998 (WA 41-42) and in the light of the further recent medical reports suggesting that users of mobile telephones are more likely to suffer from cerebral tumours than those who do not, whether they will legislate or issue regulations to ensure that—

26th May

The Lord Craig of Radley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many servicemen and women currently waiting for secondary care medical treatment expect to receive their treatment within (a) four weeks and (b) thirteen weeks of referral to their consultant; and how many may expect to have to wait for over six months.      (HL2717)

27th May

The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the amount spent on entertaining at (a) No. 10 Downing Street and (b) No. 11 Downing Street in each of the years 1996 and 1998, and the breakdown between food, champagne, and other wines and spirits.      (HL2746)

7th June

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 7th May (WA 116), whether they will enumerate the eight chapters of the Acquis Communautaire on which negotiations have not yet begun with the six applicant countries; and whether they can give an idea when these negotiations are due to begin.      (HL2795)

8th June

The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether coal has been, and is being, imported at prices which are significantly below the cost of production and transport; and what action is being taken to prevent this practice.      (HL2833)

9th June

The Baroness Wharton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in pursuit of Health and Safety requirements and fire safety regulations, slaughterhouse owners or operators can lawfully prevent any persons entering their premises until such time as those persons have registered their presence with a nominated person on those premises; and whether owners or operators can lawfully require any persons who have entered the premises to notify the nominated person on their departure.      (HL2877)

The Lord Willoughby de Broke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Official Veterinary Surgeons who themselves breach hygiene rules are expected to report those breaches; to whom they should report; in what manner; and what action is taken in respect of those breaches.      (HL2880)

The Lord Willoughby de Broke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment is made of veterinary surgeons during the conversion course for Official Veterinary Surgeons as to post-mortem meat inspection skills; by whom that assessment is made; and what criteria are applied.      (HL2882)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the statement by the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution on 16th February that new machinery is needed so that genetically modified organism (GMO) decisions will take account of wider considerations and that every official decision about GMOs must be accompanied by an explanation of the reasons for it.      (HL2903)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is still the case that “there is no general doctrine of humanitarian necessity in international law” as stated by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean in Written Answers on 16th November 1998 (WA 139) and 7th May 1999 (WA 114).      (HL2907)

10th June

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many hours are dedicated by veterinary surgeons to the study of the Meat Hygiene Service operations manual during the conversion course for Official Veterinary Surgeons.      (HL2927)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are taken to ensure that Official Veterinary Surgeons comply with the instructions to them set out in the Meat Hygiene Service operations manual; and what action is taken if it is found that they do not comply with its requirements.      (HL2928)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many hours are dedicated to training non-United Kingdom trained veterinary surgeons during the conversion courses for Official Veterinary Surgeons in British law, British enforcement systems and British enforcement practices.      (HL2930)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, during the conversion course for Official Veterinary Surgeons, the proficiency of veterinary surgeons in implementing the Hygiene Assessment Scheme is assessed; what criteria are used for any such assessment; and what action is taken when candidates fail to show sufficient proficiency.      (HL2931)

The Lord Willoughby de Broke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any Principal Official Veterinary Surgeons appointed to the Meat Hygiene Service have any statutory powers in respect of the implementation of the Fresh Meat (Hygiene and Inspection) Regulations 1995.      (HL2937)

The Lord Willoughby de Broke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Resource Managers and other administrative staff employed by the Meat Hygiene Service have any statutory powers of entry to premises licensed under the Fresh Meat (Hygiene and Inspection) Regulations 1995.      (HL2938)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Gilbert on 19th May (WA 36), how “the costs associated with their own military activity in support of Kosovo related operations” are to be calculated and by whom; and what proportion of the damage done in Serbia (including Kosovo) and in neighbouring countries (including those dependent on using the Danube) is each ally expected to cover in the course of reconstitution work.      (HL2946)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United Kingdom representative on the NATO Council approved the use of depleted uranium weapons against targets in Yugoslavia; what tonnage of depleted uranium was approved by the NATO Council; whether a record has been kept of where it was used that will allow later examination and clear up; and whether it is supposed that the areas in question will be unsuitable for growing food until they have been cleared up.      (HL2947)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is expected that NATO governments will reimburse those countries whose embassies and other buildings in Belgrade have been damaged by NATO forces; and, if so, in what proportions.      (HL2950)

11th June

The Lord Willoughby de Broke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, when the ability of the European national veterinary surgeons to communicate effectively with all parties is assessed, that assessment is by means of an examination, oral or written; whether marks are awarded; and, if marked, what is the pass mark.      (HL2961)

The Lord Willoughby de Broke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, when European national veterinary surgeons are required to complete written tests in English on case studies and legislative requirements relating to meat hygiene, what marks are awarded respectively for addressing the subject material and for competence in English; and what is the overall pass mark.      (HL2962)

The Lord Willoughby de Broke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether veterinary surgeons are given any specific training to enable them to assess the content and adequacy of slaughterhouse training schemes and their execution during the course for conversion to Official Veterinary Surgeons; and what criteria are used in the assessment of these schemes.      (HL2963)

The Lord Willoughby de Broke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the standards of personal hygiene and hygienic operation which apply to slaughtermen in licensed premises apply with equal effect to staff employed by the Meat Hygiene Service.      (HL2964)

The Lord Willoughby de Broke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action is expected of Meat Hygiene Technicians when they find Specified Risk Material (SRM) attached to a bovine carcass to which an official health mark has been applied; and what measures are in place to ensure that the expected action is in fact carried out.      (HL2965)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which Ministers will be present at the United Nations Global Science Conference taking place this month; what are the purposes, priorities and origins of this series of Conferences; and how the Conferences are funded.      (HL2968)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether women, minorities and other United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) major groups will be represented on the British Delegation to the United Nations Global Science Conference taking place this month.      (HL2969)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether classical economics is to be included among the scientific disciplines to be discussed at the United Nations Global Science Conference taking place this month.      (HL2970)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps have been taken to ensure public and professional awareness of, and input to, the Conference process at the United Nations Global Science Conference taking place this month; and from whom policy contributions and representations have been received.      (HL2971)

14th June

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have sought and received respectively, in considering whether to grant export credit in relation to the Ilisu dam in the south east of Turkey, on the environmental impact of the project, the resettlement of local communities including the consultation process and the issue of compensation, the riparian rights of neighbouring states, and the impact on the local cultural heritage; and whether they will place copies of any documentation in the Library of the House.      (HL2976)

The Viscount Addison—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria are used by Meat Hygiene Service staff to assess whether soiling in slaughterhouse lairages after retention of animals overnight should be considered unacceptable.      (HL2984)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe’s freedom to designate targets in ex-Yugoslavia has, in the light of the Security Council’s recent Resolution, now been withdrawn.      (HL2988)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, alongside the lists of military personnel, equipment and installations that were attacked and/or destroyed during the air war against Serbia which they have already published, they will publish, or otherwise make available, lists of the non-military targets attacked and destroyed (distinguishing between those intentionally hit and those not).      (HL2989)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which force present in Kosovo is to be responsible for demilitarising the Kosovo Liberation Army; what demilitarising will involve now, and in the longer run; and whether only the Kosovo Liberation Army’s heavy weapons are to be removed from them.      (HL2990)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the process of demilitarisation in Kosovo is to be under United Nations authority; and, if so, how, and by whom.      (HL2991)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Chancellor on 9th June (WA 157), whether any domestic remedies are available for individuals involved in complex cases of public importance who are unable to obtain other sources of representation and are not eligible for legal aid in proceedings in employment tribunals.      (HL2993)

15th June

The Lord Windlesham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the 75 recommendations contained in the Review of the Crown Prosecution Service 1998 (Cm. 3960) have been accepted in principle; how many have been implemented; and for what reasons any of the recommendations have either been rejected or remain unimplemented.      (HL2998)

The Lord Beaumont of Whitley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much depleted uranium they estimate has been deposited on Kosovo during the NATO action; and what steps are being taken to prevent its harming (a) NATO ground; (b) the inhabitants of Kosovo; and (c) returning refugees.      (HL2999)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government —

The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the cumulative deficit on the United Kingdom’s trade (less exports of goods, services and investment income) with the rest of the European Union for the years 1973 to 1998 inclusive.      (HL3001)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what planning is in hand and by whom to ensure that (a) the Danube is re-opened for international transport and (b) the broken bridges are re-built as soon as possible.      (HL3003)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are ensuring that the needs for goods and services of NATO forces in Kosovo, and those of refugees and displaced people, are being met as much as possible by local purchasing in Bulgaria, Romania, Macedonia, Montenegro and Bosnia.      (HL3004)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will refer the current fighting between (a) India and Pakistan and (b) Eritrea and Ethiopia to the United Nations Security Council; if not, why not; and, if not, how they consider these conflicts may best be resolved.      (HL3005)

The Lord Brougham and Vaux—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they now have for the future of No. 2 Marsham Street.      (HL3008)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to arrange for the independent auditing of the Meat Hygiene Service by the Food Standards Agency when the Meat Hygiene Service is absorbed into the Food Standards Agency.      (HL3009)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what studies they have carried out on the effect of frequent handwashing on the skin of slaughtermen’s hands in terms of its effect on (a) resident microflora and (b) transient microflora; what effect excessive handwashing may have on the inherent antimicrobial properties of the skin; and whether any such studies have guided the requirements for handwashing imposed by Official Veterinary Surgeons for slaughtermen engaged in meat production.      (HL3010)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what time limits are imposed on the Meat Hygiene Service responding to complaints about the conduct of Meat Hygiene Service staff.      (HL3011)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements exist for the urgent resolution of complaints about the conduct of Meat Hygiene Service staff where commercial arrangements and income may be affected.      (HL3012)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a Meat Hygiene Inspector who soils an area of a slaughterhouse by accidental spillage of ink used for official health marks should be required to clean up the mess himself, or whether the slaughterhouse owner or his staff are required to do so.      (HL3014)

The Lord Addington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what studies they have carried out to assess the effect of increasing the transport distance between slaughterhouses and farms on the depletion of post-mortem glycogen levels in cattle; and whether those effects have any significant influence on the terminal pH levels in the deep muscle of finished carcasses and the microbiological quality of those carcasses.      (HL3028)

The Lord Addington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether plant operators who allow Meat Hygiene Service staff access to telephones on their premises are required to bear the cost of personal telephone calls made by those staff or to pay for time spent on this activity; whether the calls are paid for by the plant or not; and whether plant operators are entitled to monitor telephone calls made by Meat Hygiene Service staff to ensure that they are confined to Meat Hygiene Service business.      (HL3029)

The Lord Addington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many hours of practical tuition and practical experience in slaughterhouses under supervision Meat Hygiene Inspectors are required to have in the post-mortem inspection of animals.      (HL3030)

The Viscount Long—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Meat Hygiene Service personnel making entries in slaughterhouse “day books” recording allegations of verbal abuse on the part of slaughterhouse staff are required to substantiate these allegations and record the circumstances in which they were made; and, in the cases which were substantiated, whether any provocation was involved.      (HL3033)

The Viscount Long—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any instructions have been given to Meat Hygiene Service personnel who make entries in slaughterhouse “day books” which record allegations of verbal abuse on the part of slaughterhouse staff as to their obligations to avoid defamation.      (HL3034)

The Viscount Long—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria are used by the Meat Hygiene Service to determine the fitness of Meat Hygiene Inspectors; and how many hours experience of carrying out the post-mortem inspection of animals in slaughterhouses a senior Meat Hygiene Inspector would be expected to have.      (HL3035)

The Viscount Long—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Official Veterinary Surgeons are entitled to threaten slaughterhouse owners or operators with closure or revocation of licences when there are no grounds for so doing.      (HL3037)

The Viscount Long—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many slaughterhouse owners have been prosecuted for breaches of Specified Risk Material Regulations; and how many have been formally cautioned.      (HL3038)

The Earl of Denbigh—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the revisions to the systems of regulating meat hygiene in New Zealand, Australia and the United States represent an improvement over the regulatory system employed in the United Kingdom.      (HL3039)

The Earl of Denbigh—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action would be expected of a slaughterhouse owner when served with an Improvement Notice by an Official Veterinary Surgeons which required him to “implement a hazard analysis system to prevent hygiene”.      (HL3040)

The Earl of Denbigh—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will define the term “customer” in the context of the relationship between slaughterhouse owners and the Meat Hygiene Service.      (HL3041)

The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the finding of the Opinion of Lord Jauncey of Tullichettle in the case of McColl v. Strathclyde Regional Council that fluoride falls within the definition of a “medicinal product” under section 130 of the Medicines Act 1968, and of European Directive 65/65, whether they will instruct the Medicines Control Agency to reassess the status of (a) fluoridated toothpaste; (b) fluorides when used for the fluoridation of water supplies; and (c) water artificially fluoridated at 1 part per million, on the grounds that these substances are medicinal by claim or function, and are administered with a view to correcting or modifying physiological function; and, if not, why not.      (HL3045)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what principles were observed in the allocation of areas within Kosovo to different national bodies of troops; whether, as envisaged at Rambouillet, but not in the eventual agreement approved by the United Nations Security Council, any NATO or Allied officials are currently holding out to the Kosovo Liberation Army the prospect of eventual independence for Kosovo; and whether the United Kingdom is supporting eventual independence for Kosovo or its incorporation in “Greater Albania”.      (HL3046)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Kosovo will be virtually “walled off” from Yugoslavia; and, if so, what implications would this have for the comprehensive reconstruction of the economic and social infrastructure of the Balkans.      (HL3047)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their intention that Kosovo should be restored as a Moslem or as a multicultural society.      (HL3048)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the Serbs are to be defined in the context of the slogan “Serbs out, NATO in, refugees back” used by the Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary.      (HL3049)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the implications for the Palestinians of NATO’s recent determination that refugees should be enabled to return to their homes and ancestral lands in areas of Euro-Atlantic responsibility such as the Mediterranean.      (HL3050)

The Baroness Byford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the £6 million of applications refused in 1998 for the Countryside Stewardship scheme were eligible and of high enough environmental value to approve.      (HL3054)

The Baroness Byford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, since it is 36 months since any spinal cord was found attached to a bovine carcass during an abattoir inspection, they intend to reduce the burden of inspection and hence its cost.      (HL3056)

16th June

The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Answers by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 19th May (HL Deb, cols. 294-296) and 7th June (WA 121), (a) whether the Minister for the Environment was correctly quoted in The Times of 12th April as saying “Scientific opinion on genetically modified organisms is split and the new committee [Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment] will reflect this”; and if he was, (b) how this principle can be reconciled with the Answers already given; (c) whether this principle has general application to other committees; and (d) how it relates to the recruitment of “people’s judges” to the main scientific advisory bodies to monitor GM developments.      (HL3063)

The Lord Tebbit—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people have died since 1963 in Scotland at the hands of persons previously convicted of homicide.      (HL3065)

The Lord Tebbit—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people have died since 1963 in Northern Ireland at the hands of persons previously convicted of homicide.      (HL3066)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House copies of the environmental impact statement, the resettlement plan, and any other documents they have received in connection with applications for credit cover in respect of contracts for work on the Ilisu Dam project in Turkey; and what representations they have received from downstream co-riparian states such as Syria and Iraq on the possible impact of this project on water users in their jurisdictions.      (HL3067)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the evaluation report of the European Union’s “Sustainable Development in the Paraguayan Chaco” project which is to be discussed at the Asia and Latin America Committee on 24th June; and whether they will seek to ensure that no decision is made on the project until Parliament has had the opportunity of verifying that the Commission fully respects the four conditions originally stipulated when the project was approved in September 1994, and particularly that relating to the settlement of land claims.      (HL3068)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the governments represented on the Contact Group are bound by the private commitments (including eventual incorporation of the Kosovo Liberation Army in the Kosovo military forces and direct funding for Kosovo institutions under United States State Department guidance) made to the Kosovo Liberation Army by United States Secretary of State Albright during the Rambouillet discussions and made public by the Foreign Minister of Albania on 24th February; and whether this has been communicated to the Kosovo Liberation Army .      (HL3069)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was their reaction to the news of 7th June of Russian concern about NATO’s military plans for Kosovo, which had been articulated without Russian participation.      (HL3070)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much of the discussion about Russia’s role in Kosovo is being conducted bilaterally between the United States and Russia and how much between the participants in the Kosovo operation collectively and Russia.      (HL3071)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Lord Gilbert on 14th June (WA 5-6), whether NATO (a) has a common understanding of International Law; (b) follows common criteria in terms of which to define legitimate targets; (c) shares information about targets (such as might have prevented the bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade); and, if so, to what extent NATO strategy against Yugoslavia was a joint strategy.      (HL3072)

The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government by what proportion have the flying hours of service aircraft involved in Kosovo operations exceeded those which would have been flown in normal circumstances.      (HL3074)

The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect the Bowman army communication system to enter service; and what is their present estimate of the total cost of the programme.      (HL3075)

The Lord Blyth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements exist for compensating licensed slaughterhouse owners and operators for losses suffered as a result of actions by Meat Hygiene Service staff which have subsequently been proved, or admitted, to have been unjustified.      (HL3076)

The Lord Blyth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is permissible for Official Veterinary Surgeons to deduct marks from a Hygiene Assessment Scheme score on the grounds that a contravention of statutory requirements has been observed and then, on determining that the claimed statutory requirements do not exist, to deduct the same number of marks because the observed practice does not conform with claimed but unpublished “best practice”.      (HL3077)

The Lord Blyth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether an abattoir which consistently gains high Hygiene Assessment Scheme scores under the present scoring system but gains lower scores under the revised scheme by virtue of the operator not having produced written policy statements on its operational practices, without there having been any other changes, will be regarded as less hygienic than it was previously considered to be.      (HL3078)

The Lord Blyth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any benefits in requiring slaughterhouse owners to carry out testing of mains water supplies, where the water is supplied by statutory undertakers to minimum standards of purity which conform to European Union requirements and which is frequently tested by those undertakers.      (HL3079)

The Lord Blyth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether an Official Veterinary Surgeon, having mistakenly failed to carry out ante-mortem inspections of animals in a slaughterhouse lairage, and having failed to communicate that fact to the slaughterhouse operator, is then entitled to require the destruction of carcasses derived from those animals on the grounds that they have not been inspected in accordance with the Fresh Meat (Hygiene and Inspection) Regulations.      (HL3080)

The Lord Blyth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether an Official Veterinary Surgeon, having been made aware by the operator of a slaughterhouse of an animal carcass which has been removed from the slaughterhall after post-mortem inspection but without official health marks having been applied, is then entitled, without evidence to that effect, to accuse the slaughterhouse operator of having killed that animal illegally.      (HL3082)

The Lord HolmPatrick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the current arrangements for auditing the performance of the Meat Hygiene Service by veterinary officers attached to the Joint Food Safety and Standards Group (JFSSG) can be considered wholly independent when those officers appoint Official Veterinary Surgeons as local veterinary inspectors who thereby become responsible to the JFSSG veterinary officers.      (HL3083)

The Lord HolmPatrick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will cause the total output of Improvement Notices served by Official Veterinary Surgeons to be subject to independent scrutiny with a view to determining how many non-statutory works have been required.      (HL3084)

The Lord HolmPatrick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Official Veterinary Surgeons are entitled to require the fitting of fine-mesh filters over drainage channels to prevent ingress of Specified Risk Material, when the discharge to the channels is already fitted with such filters and the provision required prevents the effective drainage of water.      (HL3086)

The Lord HolmPatrick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Official Veterinary Surgeons and Meat Hygiene Inspectors engaged in slaughterhouse duties who fail to carry out the statutory provisions of the Fresh Meat (Hygiene and Inspection) Regulations are, subject to a satisfactory standard of proof, committing criminal offences.      (HL3087)

The Lord HolmPatrick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether slaughterhouse owners, operators and their staff engaged in slaughterhouse duties who fail to carry out the statutory provisions of the Fresh Meat (Hygiene and Inspection) Regulations are, subject to a satisfactory standard of proof, committing criminal offences.      (HL3088)

The Earl of Northesk—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the implementation of the Hygiene Assessment System solely in the United Kingdom imposes additional burdens on the meat trade which are not borne by plants in other Member States of the European Union; and, if so, whether this is compatible with the need to ensure a level playing field between comparable businesses.      (HL3089)

The Earl of Northesk—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the total costs to the Meat Hygiene Service in the last financial year, including bonuses and social security costs, in employing Official Veterinary Surgeons while carrying out inspection duties under EC Directive 91/497/EEC in slaughterhouses and cutting plants.      (HL3090)

The Earl of Northesk—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the European Commission in respect of the recognition of meat inspectors and environmental health officers as official veterinarians.      (HL3091)

The Earl of Northesk—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to seek renegotiation of EC Directive 91/947/EEC; and, if they intend to seek renegotiation, what the possible timescale might be.      (HL3093)

The Viscount Exmouth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice they offer to slaughterhouse owners and operators on the cleaning of high density polyethylene chopping blocks when conventional cleaning techniques fail to secure the adequate cleanliness of these blocks.      (HL3095)

The Viscount Exmouth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what studies they have carried out to demonstrate that high density polyethylene chopping blocks deliver better microbiological standards than wooden blocks, when each type is cleaned in a similar manner, after prolonged use in slaughterhouse or cutting plant environments.      (HL3096)

The Viscount Exmouth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a slaughterhouse owner is entitled to refuse entry to a slaughterhall to any Meat Hygiene Service official who is incorrectly dressed or is wearing protective clothing which is contaminated or insufficiently clean.      (HL3097)

The Viscount Exmouth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action a slaughterhouse owner or operator is entitled or required to take when he becomes aware that a member of the Meat Hygiene Service staff is committing or is about to commit an offence under the Meat Hygiene or specified Risk Material Regulations.      (HL3098)

The Viscount Exmouth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a slaughterhouse owner or operator is entitled to make representations to a veterinary meat hygiene officer of the Joint Food Safety and Standards Group who is carrying out a performance audit of Meat Hygiene Service on his premises as to the performance of those staff; and whether the officer is required to take note of any such representations and to have regard to them in formulating his report.      (HL3099)

The Viscount Exmouth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether slaughterhouse owners and operators are entitled to have access to the Meat Hygiene Service operations manual for the purpose of study and verification; and whether it will cause one copy of the manual to be supplied to each licensed premises for the exclusive use of slaughterhouse operators.      (HL3100)

The Lord Stanley of Alderley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they estimate is the current average annual cost per premises to local authorities enforcing food safety laws, and the average annual cost per premises to the Meat Hygiene Service in enforcing food safety regulations in respect of slaughterhouses and poultry processing plants, without taking into account receipt of any fees paid to them for those activities.      (HL3101)

The Lord Stanley of Alderley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, owing to the difficulties experienced by the Meat Hygiene Service in recruiting official veterinary officers to service abattoirs in remote areas, it is fair that some small abattoirs should be required to pay a higher hourly rate for their Official Veterinary Surgeons, plus travelling time, than abattoirs in more accessible locations.      (HL3102)

The Lord Stanley of Alderley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many slaughterhouses and poultry processing plants they expect to close as a direct result of the increase in veterinary hours imposed on their operators; and whether this will represent, overall, an improvement in the hygiene of the meat supply.      (HL3103)

The Lord Stanley of Alderley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether slaughterhouse owners and operators are entitled to ask for verbal directions and advice given to them or their staff by Official Veterinary Surgeons to be confirmed in writing as soon as practicable after they have been given; and whether they will instruct the Meat Hygiene Service to make arrangements to ensure that such directions and advice are so confirmed.      (HL3104)

The Lord Stanley of Alderley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether improvements in the European Union meat inspection system will form part of the next round of talks in the World Trade Organisation; and what they expect the outcome might be.      (HL3106)

The Lord Rowallan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are completely satisfied with the performance of the Meat Hygiene Service.      (HL3107)

The Lord Rowallan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what hygiene benefits accrue, in the continued absence of any evidence of pest infestation in a licensed slaughterhouse, from requiring owners and operators to provide numbered bait points and a plan showing the location of those bait points.      (HL3108)

The Lord Rowallan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a slaughterhouse owner or operator is entitled to exclude from his premises any member of the Meat Hygiene Service staff who is so disruptive as to interfere unlawfully in the conduct of operations.      (HL3109)

The Lord Rowallan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a slaughterhouse owner who, on being instructed to carry out works by way of an Improvement Notice served by an Official Veterinary Surgeon, carries out those works and then, subsequently, discovers that those works were not a statutory requirement, is entitled to claim compensation for the costs of those works; and to whom any claim should be addressed.      (HL3110)

The Lord Rowallan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether meat produced from a slaughterhouse, in which there is a full compliance with the Fresh Meat (Hygiene and Inspection) Regulations, is necessarily hygienic and safe.      (HL3111)

The Lord Rowallan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what expenditure and how much time is being expended by officials of the Meat Hygiene Service on its integration into the Food Standards Agency; and whether the meat industry should be contributing to the set-up costs of the Agency by this means when the rest of the food industry is now being relieved of charges.      (HL3112)

The Earl of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have carried out a cost of compliance assessment on the costs which would be incurred by slaughterhouse owners or operators to meet the non-statutory criteria set out by the Hygiene Assessment Scheme in order to qualify for maximum scores.      (HL3113)

The Earl of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Official Veterinary Surgeons take account of the costs of compliance when recommending to slaughterhouse owners or operators works or activities which are not statutory requirements; whether any such recommendations are withdrawn if representations are received that their completion is not economically viable; and whether slaughterhouse owners or operators are subsequently penalised by being marked down on their Hygiene Assessment Scheme scores if those works or activities are not undertaken.      (HL3114)

The Earl of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the relevant provisions of the Food Safety Act 1990 (section 40, Codes of Practice) apply to Meat Hygiene Service engaged in enforcement duties; and, if not, why not.      (HL3115)

The Earl of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether licensed slaughterhouse owners or operators are entitled to require the publication of corrected Hygiene Assessment Scheme (HAS) scores where HAS scores previously published have been shown to have been in error.      (HL3116)

The Earl of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many hours of practical tuition, and practical experience in slaughterhouses under supervision, Official Veterinary Surgeons are required to have in post-mortem inspection of animals; and how much of that time is spent in carrying out the post-mortem inspection of animals.      (HL3117)

The Lord Glentoran—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Improvement Notices were served by Official Veterinary Surgeons, employed by the Meat Hygiene Service, in the financial years 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98 and 1998-99.      (HL3118)

The Lord Glentoran—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Regulation 10 Notices under the Fresh Meat (Hygiene and Inspection) Regulations were served by Official Veterinary Surgeons, employed by the Meat Hygiene Service, in the financial years 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98 and 1998-99.      (HL3119)

The Lord Glentoran—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Hygiene Assessment Scheme reports supplied to slaughterhouse owners and others may be handwritten by Official Veterinary Surgeons; and whether standards of legibility apply to such reports.      (HL3120)

The Lord Glentoran—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Official Veterinary Surgeons are required to submit copies of Improvement Notices to their superior officers, for checking and approval, before those Notices are served.      (HL3121)

The Lord Glentoran—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action is taken by Meat Hygiene Service supervisory officials when they detect defective Improvement Notices which have been served by Official Veterinary Surgeons.      (HL3122)

The Lord Glentoran—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to arrange for the independent auditing of the Meat Hygiene Service, by the Food Standards Agency, when it is absorbed into the Food Standards Agency.      (HL3123)

The Viscount Torrington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, given the complexity of the Fresh Meat (Hygiene and Inspection) Regulations 1995, they consider it advisable that the full text of the Regulations and of the Meat Hygiene Service’s operating manual should be displayed within slaughterhalls for the guidance of slaughterhouse employees.      (HL3124)

The Earl Alexander of Tunis—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a slaughterhouse owner or operator is required to carry out a direction from an Official Veterinary Surgeon if compliance would lead to committing an illegal act.      (HL3126)

The Earl Alexander of Tunis—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Official Veterinary Surgeons who demonstrate a consistent inability to distinguish between statutory requirements in respect of slaughterhouse operations, and non-statutory requirements, are subject to re-training.      (HL3127)

The Lord Jenkins of Putney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Strategic Defence Review of July 1998 committed Britain to a nuclear weapons policy of 48 nuclear weapons on each Trident submarine, as reported in the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament parliamentary briefing paper of 1st June; and if not, what is the correct figure per submarine.      (HL3128)

The Lord Jenkins of Putney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Strategic Defence Review of July 1998 committed Britain to a 50 per cent cut in the number of its nuclear warheads, as reported in the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament parliamentary briefing paper of 1st June; and if not, what is the correct percentage cut.      (HL3129)

The Lord Jenkins of Putney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Strategic Defence Review of July 1998 committed Britain to an operational stockpile of 200 nuclear warheads, as reported in the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament parliamentary briefing paper of 1st June; and if not, what is the size of the stockpile.      (HL3130)

The Lord Jenkins of Putney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Strategic Defence Review of July 1998 included a commitment to replace or upgrade the Trident warhead, as reported in the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament parliamentary briefing paper of 1st June.      (HL3131)

The Lord Jenkins of Putney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Strategic Defence Review of July 1998 included a refusal to reduce the number of Britain’s nuclear weapons or to negotiate such reductions until the nuclear weapons of the United States and Russia have been greatly reduced in number, as stated in the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament parliamentary briefing paper of 1st June.      (HL3132)

The Lord Jenkins of Putney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Strategic Defence Review of July 1998 included the retention of (a) the option to use nuclear weapons first; and (b) the option to use nuclear weapons in a sub-strategic role as a warning shot across the bows of a potential aggressor, as stated in the CND parliamentary briefing paper of 1st June.      (HL3133)

The Earl of Clancarty—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Social Exclusion Unit’s Policy Action Team 10’s report on art and sport will be published; and whether they will place a copy in the Library of the House.      (HL3139)

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Hayman on 15th June (WA 18), what are their grounds for saying that infection with hepatitis C carries no social stigma nor any danger of cross infection of partners.      (HL3140)

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Hayman on 15th June (WA 18), whether there has been any change of policy between this government and the previous government in relation to the relevance of social stigma to the giving of special treatment and financial help to patients with haemophilia infected with hepatitis C through National Health Service treatment and to the dependents of those who have died.      (HL3141)

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Hayman on 15th June (WA 18), whether they will consult the Haemophilia Society about remedying the social stigma which can attach to infection with hepatitis C.      (HL3142)

The Lord Rix—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Hollis of Heigham on 9th June (WA 169), what is the relationship between 46,000 cases of people claiming Incapacity Benefit and receiving a pension income of £200 per week or more and her statement that “Around 100,000 of those who get a pension get one of more than £230 a week, with Incapacity Benefit of £66 a week paid on top” (10th June, HL Deb, col. 1565).      (HL3143)

The Lord Rix—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure that the use of the electricity mains to distribute Internet data (Power Line Telecommunications) through the use of radio frequencies in the short wave band does not cause interference to legitimate users of the short wave spectrum, affect the Ministry of Defence, international broadcasting authorities, radio amateur and civil and military aviation users.      (HL3144)

The Lord Rix—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Power Line Telecommunications technology will result in the electricity mains, house wiring and street furniture such as lamp posts, acting as antennae, transmitting Internet data as wideband noise across the short wave bands.      (HL3145)

The Lord Rix—To ask Her Majesty’s Government with whom they have consulted on Power Line Telecommunications; and whether agreement has been reached.      (HL3146)

The Lord Rix—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Power Line Telecommunications will run contrary to the principles of “Electromagnetic Compatibility” developed over the last 50 years to control levels of interference to the radio spectrum, from one user to another.      (HL3147)

The Lord Rix—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how, when controlling Power Line Telecommunications, they will ensure that radio frequencies already used for national and international communication and safety of life operations will not be affected.      (HL3148)

The Lord Swinfen—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider it the best use of taxpayers’ money to dispense part of the international aid budget through the European Union rather than through the Department for International Development, given that distribution through the European Union involves increased costs and opportunities for misappropriation.      (HL3152)

17th June

The Baroness David—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the average taxable income per household for each local authority area in England.      (HL3153)

The Lord Inglewood—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much residual cash from the Milk Marketing Board is being retained; and when it will be distributed finally.      (HL3155)

The Lord Inglewood—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure that owners of historic steam vehicles, part of the country’s heritage, do not suffer disproportionate costs to satisfy legislation introduced under the Pressure Systems Directive 97/23/EC.      (HL3156)

The Lord Peston—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the spending per primary pupil as a proportion of spending per secondary pupil in each English Local Education Authority in the most recent year for which figures are available.      (HL3158)

The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what distances need to be enforced to prevent pollen pollution between genetically modified maize and unmodified maize and between genetically modified oil seed rape and unmodified oil seed rape; and what distances have been arranged in trial areas.      (HL3159)

The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements will be made to ensure that the right to roam does not enable children to gain access to swim in lakes, ponds and rivers without supervision; and whether such activity will involve private owners in bearing public liability.      (HL3160)

The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many operational sorties have been carried out by United Kingdom aircraft during the Kosovo crisis.      (HL3161)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their view of the GUUAM Alliance reputedly signed in Washington in late April between Georgia, the Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Moldova and the United States; whether this alliance has been registered at the United Nations; and, if so, for what purposes.      (HL3162)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their intentions and those of the European Union for the World Trade Organisation’s third Ministerial Meeting to be held in the United States later this year; and whether the need to co-ordinate the activities of the WTO with those of the International Labour Office and of the United Nations’ environmental programme will be uppermost.      (HL3163)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which Government Departments are developing their and the European Union’s policies for the World Trade Organisation Ministerial Meeting to be held later this year; and whether the economic, social and environmental interests of developing countries will be uppermost in the formation of these policies.      (HL3164)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will propose to the World Trade Organisation that it adopt as its motto or slogan the statement, “the world economy is a subset of the world environment”.      (HL3165)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they and the European Union intend to propose (a) that all World Trade Organisation countries give foreign investors the right to enter those countries and establish themselves with 100 per cent ownership, and (b) that governments, in their procurement and contracts for projects (including privatisation deals), should no longer be able to give preferences or advantages to citizens or local firms; if so, whether the political and social implications of such proposals have been fully considered, and by whom.      (HL3166)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the G8 countries have discussed the implications of increased climate change for the world economy.      (HL3167)

The Lord Shore of Stepney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the current account surplus or deficit in United Kingdom trade with the other countries in the European Union in the latest available year; and what were the figures for the United Kingdom’s current account with other countries in the European Union (excluding Finland, Austria and Sweden) in each year since 1990 at constant prices.      (HL3168)

The Lord Mackay of Drumadoon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they can confirm that, as stated on 9th June by the First Minister of the Scottish Executive, the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill will be re-introduced in the House of Commons in the next Session of Parliament and that the bill, once enacted, would apply to Scotland although the subject matter of the bill is a devolved matter; and, if so, why they will not allow the Scottish Parliament to enact its own legislation in this area.      (HL3169)

18th June

The Viscount Montgomery of Alamein—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answer by the Lord Donoughue on 17th June (HL Deb, col. 411), whether restaurants may serve calves’ brains.      (HL3171)

The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the European Parliament voted in 1995 to replenish a deficiency in a European Community pension fund with money which had been allocated for office expenses; and, if so, whether this conformed with Her Majesty’s Government’s policy, set out in the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 14th June (WA 1), of pushing for the same principles of rigour and cost-effectiveness in spending by the institutions of the European Communities as they apply to the United Kingdom budget.      (HL3172)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Williams of Mostyn on 19th May (WA 35), whether they will, as a matter of normal practice, disclose their reasons for withholding statements of compatibility under section 19 of the Human Rights Act 1998 or for making statements of compatibility, in the course of the parliamentary proceedings on bills.      (HL3173)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have refused to disclose their reasons, during the parliamentary proceedings on the Immigration and Asylum Bill (HC Deb, 20th April, cols. 770 and 954) and the Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill (HL Deb, 10th June, cols. 1648-9) for their statements under section 19 of the Human Rights Act 1998 that the bills’ provisions are compatible with Convention rights.      (HL3174)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is now the legal status of NATO forces in Kosovo, in view of the United Nations Security Council having determined in its Resolution that the effective international civil and security presences, including K-FOR, are there under United Nations auspices and that no specific role was designated for NATO.      (HL3175)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the British and other K-FOR forces are prepared to use force to disarm the Kosovo Liberation Army.      (HL3176)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the present status of the “equip and train programme” for equipping and training the army of the Federation of Bosnia-Herzegovina by a United States mercenary firm, the funding of which is controlled by the United States State Department.      (HL3177)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are being taken and by whom to assess and clean up the Danube river and to repair ships, bridges, river banks, docks and other installations related to the river; whether it is known which ally’s forces caused what damage, destruction or pollution; and at whose expense clean up and repair should be done.      (HL3178)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what compensation is to be paid to those parties whose business or well-being has suffered from pollution of the Danube or damage to ships, bridges, river banks, docks and other installations related to the river; and how this compensation is to be determined.      (HL3179)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the approach of the World Trade Organisation to the fact that the necessary scientific studies undertaken to assess the harmlessness or otherwise of a product or process may take longer than originally anticipated.      (HL3180)

The Earl of Clancarty—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when their review of the London Underground penalty fares regime will be announced; whether the details of this review, in particular the criteria for the judgment of appeals against penalty fares, will be made public; and whether a copy of the report of the review including such criteria will be placed in the Library of the House.      (HL3182)

The Earl of Clancarty—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the total costs of administering the London Underground penalty fares regime with a detailed breakdown of such costs, including such costs as those borne by the London Regional Passengers Committee in dealing with representations concerning penalty fares.      (HL3183)

21st June

The Lord Harris of Greenwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will call in the development plan of the Walkergate scheme in the city of Durham in view of the sensitivity of the site and the public concern about the possible self-interest of the city council in the matter.      (HL3186)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many applications for asylum lodged before 1st July 1993, and between 1st July 1993 and 31st December 1995, respectively, remain to be decided.      (HL3187)

The Lord Blyth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the current trend of increased failures in tuberculosis testing of dairy herds is similar to that experienced during post-mortem inspection of bovines in slaughterhouse.      (HL3188)

The Lord Blyth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what the rates of total condemnation in bovine, ovine and porcine species have been for the financial years 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98 and 1998-99.      (HL3189)

The Lord Blyth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements are in force for liaison between the Meat Hygiene Service and local authorities, outside the periodic meetings with the Local Authorities Co-ordinating Body on Trading Standards.      (HL3190)

The Lord Blyth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many times in the last financial year representatives of the Meat Hygiene Service met with representatives of the Local Authorities Co-ordinating Body on Trading Standards.      (HL3191)

The Lord Blyth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what formal system is in place for Meat Hygiene Inspectors employed by the Meat Hygiene Service to complain about the competence and performance of Official Veterinary Surgeons in slaughterhouses and poultry processing plants; and what measures exist to prevent Inspectors who complain from being victimised.      (HL3192)

The Lord Blyth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will set up a telephone help-line to enable Meat Hygiene Inspectors to make complaints about the performance and competence of Official Veterinary Surgeons.      (HL3193)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what status they accord to the Kosovo Liberation Army; whether they have any arrangement with this irregular military force, like that reached by United States Secretary of State Albright in February at Rambouillet; and, if so, whether United States and United Kingdom policy to convert the Kosovo Liberation Army into the police force of Kosovo as proposed by Mrs Albright in February is a NATO policy approved by Council consensus, or a policy particular to the United States and the United Kingdom Governments.      (HL3194)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what status or legitimacy within Kosovo the Kosovo Liberation Army has; and how this compares with the unofficially elected government of Mr Rugova.      (HL3195)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have discussed their support for the Kosovo Liberation Army with the Government of Albania, in view of that Government’s concern over armed structures operating outside state control in three Kosovo Liberation Army training camps in Albania; and whether they have informed the Albanian Government of the purposes of the 300 hectare NATO military base being built at Kurjan, also in Albania.      (HL3196)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure the availability of fuel to Serbian farmers to bring in the harvest.      (HL3197)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether people in Kosovo and Serbia who may come in contact with the depleted uranium used by NATO forces are to be provided with the same respiratory protection and gloves as are being provided by the Ministry of Defence to United Kingdom forces (Written Answer by George Robertson MP on 16th June (HC Deb, WA 148)); and who is to pay for this.      (HL3198)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Secretary of State for International Development is in touch with the Russian Minister for Emergencies, Mr Shoygu.      (HL3199)

The Lord HolmPatrick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the level of non-productive time booked by the Meat Hygiene Service working in slaughterhouses during 1997-98 and 1998-99, in terms of number of hours and as a proportion of the total hours available.      (HL3200)

The Lord HolmPatrick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Official Veterinary Surgeons employed by the Meat Hygiene Service have been subjected to disciplinary procedures, either formal or informal, for failure to follow the Meat Hygiene Service operations manual.      (HL3201)

The Lord HolmPatrick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government where the responsibility for carrying out statutory duties in meat inspection lies; whether Meat Hygiene Inspectors are authorised specifically in writing to carry out these duties; and, if so, who signs the authorisations.      (HL3202)

The Lord HolmPatrick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether an assessment of the health and safety of Meat Hygiene Service staff working in meat cutting plants and abattoirs has been carried out; and, if so, what recommendations have been made.      (HL3203)

The Lord HolmPatrick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether asking Meat Hygiene Inspectors employed by the Meat Hygiene Service to sign the Official Secrets Act is an appropriate use of this Act.      (HL3204)

The Lord HolmPatrick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure that animal welfare regulations in United Kingdom abattoirs are enforced, should the Meat Hygiene Service be absorbed into the Food Standards Agency; and which organisation will audit the enforcement function.      (HL3205)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is appropriate for an experienced Meat Hygiene Inspector to take instructions from a junior veterinary surgeon who holds the post of Official Veterinary Surgeon, as to the judgment of meat fitness during post-mortem inspections.      (HL3206)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Meat Hygiene Service staff are employed to investigate the trade in unfit meat.      (HL3207)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many staff are employed by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to investigate the trade in unfit meat.      (HL3208)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many cases of fraud relating to the Over Thirty Months Scheme have been investigated; how many prosecutions have been taken; and how many are pending.      (HL3209)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to introduce a “fast-track” system of meat inspection in the United Kingdom; and, if not, what would be the obstacles to the introduction of such a system.      (HL3210)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the procurement of a single microbiological test per week in abattoirs with a throughput of over 1,000 animals a week is sufficient to detect the presence of E-coli 0157 in these plants.      (HL3211)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they will take to give effect to the recommendation of the Law Commission for England and Wales, as set out in its 33rd Annual Report, to take measures to address the backlog in implementing the Commission’s recommended reforms.      (HL3212)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Williams of Mostyn of 18th June (WA 57), what are their reasons for abandoning the proposal contained in their White Paper, Your Right to Know, Cm. 3818, December 1997, paragraph 2.18, that the Freedom of Information Bill would contain a general requirement for public authorities to publish reasons for administrative decisions to those affected by them.      (HL3213)

22nd June

The Marquess of Ailesbury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether statistics show that the westbound elevated section of the M4 was a dangerous stretch of road when it had a 50 mph limit.      (HL3217)

The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the completion of the programme for the release, under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement (Cm. 3883), of prisoners convicted of terrorist offences, is dependent on progress being made in the decommissioning of IRA weapons and munitions.      (HL3218)

The Lord Tebbit—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their intention to restore the stores of bombs and missiles held by the armed services to the levels held before the recent action against Yugoslavia.      (HL3219)

The Lord Tebbit—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their intention to restore the outstanding lives of Royal Air Force engines, airframes and electronics to the levels pertaining before the recent action against Yugoslavia.      (HL3220)

The Lord Shore of Stepney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many United Kingdom citizens, in each ten year period since 1945, have emigrated to New Zealand, Australia, Canada, South Africa and the United States; and what are the annual figures since 1995 up to the latest available date.      (HL3221)

The Lord Shore of Stepney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government with reference to article 190(4) of the European Union’s Treaty on elections to the European Parliament, when the Council of Ministers received the proposals contained in the European Parliament’s Resolution of 15th July 1998; and what recommendations for adoption the Council made to Member States.      (HL3222)

The Lord Inglewood—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the case of European Regional Development funding and European Structural funding, commitments to end-beneficiaries under delegated projects must be identified by 31st December; and whether this is likely to reduce the number of businesses likely to benefit from the funds and lead to underspending.      (HL3223)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have not banned imports of meat products derived from animal husbandry systems which do not match United Kingdom animal welfare standards.      (HL3224)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether all meat and meat products (including poultry products) imported into the United Kingdom meet the same hygiene standards as those which apply to United Kingdom meat and meat products, particularly in relation to imports from the People’s Republic of China and other Far East countries.      (HL3225)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will require all meat and meat products imported into the United Kingdom to be labelled with the country of origin, including products which have been processed or repackaged in the United Kingdom; and, if not, why not.      (HL3226)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the meat industry has contributed to the pension fund for Meat Hygiene Service staff in the last financial year; and how much it is estimated that it will contribute in the current financial year.      (HL3227)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Association of Meat Inspectors carried out a survey of carcass condemnations during 1994-95; and whether this indicated a growing problem of tuberculosis lesions in adult bovines.      (HL3228)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many bovines were found to have tuberculosis lesions at post mortem inspection in slaughterhouses during the financial years 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98 and 1998-99.      (HL3229)

The Lord Stanley of Alderley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the absence of any significant level of morbidity in lambs presented for slaughter in United Kingdom slaughterhouses, and in view of the fact that the animals from which the carcasses are derived are subject to ante mortem examination, there is any measurable public health benefit in requiring the post mortem inspection of lambs, other than by way of a sample of lambs from each flock or batch presented.      (HL3230)

The Lord Stanley of Alderley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether local authority food safety law enforcement officers, who are dealing with a complaint from a member of the public about unfit meat where the nature or condition of the meat is such that it would be reasonable to assume that the cause of the unfitness was or should have been apparent at the time the carcass was inspected in the slaughterhouse, are empowered to enter the slaughterhouse from which that meat originated in order to check whether the control systems in place were and are adequate, in the context of a due diligence defence being offered by the seller of the meat; and whether they are empowered, in carrying out their investigations, to check the effectiveness of Meat Hygiene Service personnel and their procedures.      (HL3231)

The Lord Stanley of Alderley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether local authority food safety law enforcement officers are empowered to enter slaughterhouses with a view to checking the standards of meat processing and supervision, in the course of investigations into outbreaks of food poisoning, where there are reasonable suspicions that the sources of contamination may reside in slaughterhouses.      (HL3232)

The Lord Stanley of Alderley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are aware of any representations by any other Member States to the European Commission or Council of Ministers, as to the renegotiation of the Fresh Meat Directive 91/497/EEC; and whether they would be willing in principle to support any other Member State in pursuit of that objective.      (HL3233)

The Lord Stanley of Alderley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have commissioned, are aware of, or will commission, any detailed scientific studies to demonstrate that the rapid cooling of carcasses after the slaughter of animals from which they are derived yields better microbiological standards, after 24 hours’ retention, than carcasses which have been cooled slowly at ambient temperature in dry, well-ventilated premises.      (HL3234)

The Lord Stanley of Alderley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have commissioned, are aware of, or will commission, any detailed scientific studies which may or do identify differences in the microbiological standards of meat produced from low throughput and full throughput slaughterhouses.      (HL3235)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Home Office will revise the Turkey Country Assessment version 3, issued in March, in the light of criticisms provided by the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture.      (HL3236)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will raise in the Council of Europe the number of primary and secondary schools in the South-East Region of Turkey that are currently closed, together with the question of appropriate languages for education.      (HL3237)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that protection under the Treaty of Lausanne should be widened to include any discrimination in Turkey against members of the Alevi Sect and other minorities not specifically mentioned in the Treaty.      (HL3238)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask the Chairman of Committees whether the Administration and Works Sub-Committee will consider making photocopying and fax facilities available to parties, and their legal representatives, appearing before the Appellate Committees of the House, if necessary upon payment of a reasonable charge.      (HL3239)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether photocopying and fax facilities are available to parties, and their legal representatives, appearing before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council; and, if not, whether they will consider making them available, if necessary upon payment of a reasonable charge.      (HL3240)

The Earl of Clancarty—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their review of the London Underground penalty fares regime will include a review of the criteria for levying penalty fares.      (HL3241)

23rd June

The Lord Mackenzie of Framwellgate—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the total number of British forces committed to Kosovo operations.      (HL3242)

The Lord Lucas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are committed to ensuring the continued availability of green top milk.      (HL3244)

The Lord Lucas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government (a) what are the levels of central funding per sixth form student for Greenhead College, Huddersfield, and for school sixth forms in Kirklees local education authority; and (b) whether they have any plans to eliminate any funding discrimination against students at sixth form colleges in general.      (HL3245)

The Lord Lucas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what evidence has been published in the last three years as to the carcinogenicity of dioxins of the type, and at the concentrations, thought possibly to be present in Belgian food products recently withdrawn from the market.      (HL3246)

The Lord Lucas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to introduce a programme similar to the one reviewed in the Harvard Business School working paper, “The Government as Venture Capitalist: The Long-Run Impact of the SBIR Program” by Professor Joshua Lerner.      (HL3247)

The Lord Lucas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what figures or estimates they have, for the most recent three years available, that might give some indication of the amount spent on health and safety measures, pollution control, and other measures to improve the environmental or human costs and risks of production or employment.      (HL3248)

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in connection with the installation of a bus, coach and taxi lane on the eastbound carriageway of the M4 between junctions 3 and 2 and associated road works—

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Donoughue on 16th June (WA 28), why the Meat Hygiene Service operations manual refers to the monthly hygiene assessment made by an Official Veterinary Surgeon under the “Enforcement” section, and instructs Official Veterinary Surgeons to write to plant operators to confirm the nature of deficiencies found and the action required to correct them, given that the Hygiene Assessment Scheme (HAS) monitors the hygiene of licensed slaughterhouse and cutting plant operations and does not assess their compliance with statutory and non-statutory requirements.      (HL3250)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Donoughue on 16th June (WA 28), whether the Hygiene Assessment Scheme (HAS) falls within the remit of the Fresh Meat Directive 91/497/EEC and the Fresh Meat (Hygiene and Inspection) Regulations 1995; and, if not, whether slaughterhouse and cutting plant operators can refuse to co-operate with the HAS and ignore any findings from it if the HAS does not assess their compliance with statutory and non-statutory requirements.      (HL3251)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Donoughue on 16th June (WA 28), by what authority Official Veterinary Surgeons carry out hygiene assessments under the Hygiene Assessment Scheme (HAS) if the HAS does not assess the compliance of licensed slaughterhouse owners or operators with statutory or non-statutory requirements and only authority vested in Official Veterinary Surgeons is related specifically to enforcement of the Fresh Meat Directive 91/497/EEC and the Fresh Meat (Hygiene and Inspection) Regulations 1995, in neither of which is there any reference to the HAS.      (HL3252)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Donoughue on 16th June (WA 28), what provision is made for appeals by operators of licensed slaughterhouses or cutting plants as to their Hygiene Assessment Scheme scores if they believe that an appeal to the Meat Hygiene Service has not been properly or fairly determined; whether the current system for appeals is both independent and impartial when the Meat Hygiene Service is the employer of the assessors; and whether arrangements can be made for a review of the scores by an assessor not employed by the Meat Hygiene Service.      (HL3253)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Donoughue on 16th June (WA 27), whether, when they consider whether licensed slaughterhouse or meat cutting plant owners or operators should be prosecuted for alleged offences under the Meat Hygiene and Special Risk Material Regulations, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food officials pay specific regard to previous enforcement actions; and, in particular, how they assess whether such actions have been adequate and fair.      (HL3254)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Donoughue on 16th June (WA 28), whether a Meat Hygiene Service operations manual is issued to owners or operators of every licensed slaughterhouse and cutting plant to enable them to follow the procedures for appeals against Hygiene Assessment Scheme scores.      (HL3255)

The Lord Blyth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a slaughterhouse owner, who suspects that an animal presented for slaughter at his establishment may produce meat in which veterinary medicines residues may be above the statutory limits, may require a sample to be procured by an Official Veterinary Surgeon for transmission to and testing by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate; and whether he is entitled to receive a result in sufficient time to release the carcass, should residue levels be within acceptable limits.      (HL3256)

The Lord Blyth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the trimming of carcasses in a slaughterhouse by Meat Hygiene Service personnel, to remove contamination, increases the risk of penetration of bacteria into deep muscle by way of the exposed, cut surfaces.      (HL3257)

The Lord Blyth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have commissioned, are aware of, or intend to commission any detailed scientific studies which quantify the overall average microbiological counts on carcasses which have been deemed to have been contaminated by gut contents and which have been kept in dry conditions at ambient temperatures for 12-24 hours, without trimming, and how these counts compare with counts from carcasses held in refrigeration and which have been trimmed in accordance with Meat Hygiene Service policy.      (HL3258)

The Lord Blyth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the proposed Food Standards Agency, as the proposed “owner” of the Meat Hygiene Service, will assume the responsibility for authorising the payment of performance bonuses to the chief executive of the Meat Hygiene Service, and its staff.      (HL3259)

The Lord Blyth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the overall microbial counts of fresh meat have improved as a result of Meat Hygiene Service activities, since its inception, compared with the standards produced prior to the establishment of the Meat Hygiene Service.      (HL3260)

The Lord Blyth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what performance indicators are used to measure the performance of the Meat Hygiene Service.      (HL3261)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether NATO intends to carry out a detailed and comprehensive survey of the military effects of the bombing campaign in Serbia identifying the effects of the various weapons used.      (HL3262)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether NATO intends to carry out a detailed and comprehensive survey of the social, political and environmental effects of the bombing campaign in Serbia identifying the effects of the various weapons used and as far as possible estimating the costs of reconstruction and rehabilitation which will fall to the Allies.      (HL3263)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether NATO intends to carry out a detailed and comprehensive survey of the social, political and environmental effects of the bombing campaign in Serbia as far as possible to identify those aspects of the campaign which were not fully in accord with conventional humanitarian law.      (HL3264)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the quality and accuracy of the information promulgated by NATO during the Kosovo campaign, and consider how far departure from strict accuracy in such operations should be permitted.      (HL3265)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether NATO propose to revise any of the statements made by them about the proportion of the Yugoslav forces which were destroyed or put out of action.      (HL3266)

The Lord Tebbit—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their view that smoking by fictional characters in popular television soap operas such as Coronation Street and EastEnders is likely to cause young people to smoke.      (HL3267)

The Viscount Brentford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government by what date they expect to achieve their pledge to halve the time from arrest to sentence of persistent young offenders to 71 days.      (HL3268)

The Viscount Brentford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why in some police force areas the average number of days from arrest to sentence for persistent young offenders has increased between 1997 and 1998.      (HL3269)

The Lord Freyberg—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Department for Culture, Media and Sport will give financial assistance to the Jewish Museum when the London Borough Grants Committee’s grant comes to an end in December 2000.      (HL3271)

The Lord Freyberg—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Department for Culture, Media and Sport will give financial assistance to independent museums with designated status.      (HL3272)

The Baroness Cox—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Under Secretary Hassan Abdin of the Government of Sudan has been granted a visa to enter the United Kingdom; and, if so, whether this is consistent with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1054 and the Government’s commitment to an ethically based foreign policy and promotion of human rights.      (HL3273)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many unaccompanied children reached the United Kingdom seeking asylum in each of the last twelve months; and whether they can state their countries of origin.      (HL3274)

24th June

The Baroness David—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what response they have made to recommendation 69 of the Standing Committee to the Bern Convention regarding tuberculosis and badgers.      (HL3276)

The Baroness Gould of Potternewton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Questions for Written Answer have been tabled in the House of Lords since the Whitsun recess on the subject of slaughterhouses or the Meat Hygiene Service; and what has been the cost of answering those questions.      (HL3277)

The Lord Renton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many immigrants were granted leave to remain in the United Kingdom indefinitely during the last period of 12 months for which figures are available; and, during the same period, (a) how many applicant immigrants were refused such leave; (b) how many people were granted asylum; and (c) how many people were refused asylum.      (HL3278)

The Lord Renton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people are estimated to be living in the United Kingdom who have no lawful right to do so.      (HL3279)

The Lord Renton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, before tabling any amendments in the House of Commons to private member’s bills introduced in the House of Lords, they will consult with and show such amendments to Lords who were responsible for those bills during their passage through the House of Lords.      (HL3280)

The Lord Rotherwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will confirm the reports in the Syrian newspaper al-Tishrin and on Syrian television that Lord Levy recently met President Assad of Syria as the personal representative of the Prime Minister; and, if he was not the personal representative of the Prime Minister, whether they are aware in what capacity this meeting took place.      (HL3281)

The Lord Rotherwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what, if any, official support was given by Foreign and Commonwealth Office officials to Lord Levy in connection with, or during, his visit earlier this month to the Syrian Arab Republic and to Jordan.      (HL3282)

The Viscount Astor—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will take steps to prevent the sale of food by unlicensed vehicles in the Royal Parks.      (HL3283)

The Viscount Astor—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have received reports of food poisoning from the sale of food from unlicensed vendors in the Royal Parks; and whether they consider this to be a serious health risk.      (HL3284)

The Viscount Astor—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the Royal Parks Agency and Tourist Boards should offer advice to visitors in the Royal Parks of the dangers of purchasing foods from unlicensed vendors.      (HL3285)

The Lord Barnett—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which, if any, of the five economic tests for joining the European Single Currency, as set out by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 27th October 1997, have now been met.      (HL3286)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are working through NATO to ensure that sufficient skilled personnel are available in Kosovo to ensure safety in country areas as well as towns and main roads and to train local people in mine clearance and safe disposal of unexploded bombs.      (HL3287)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of the long period of preparation and discussion of the Immigration and Asylum Bill, whether they will arrange for the many secondary rules and orders to be available, at least in summary draft form, in time for the Bill’s Committee Stage in the House of Lords.      (HL3288)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the interests of justice in the former Yugoslavia, they will discuss with Amnesty International the legal cases arising from the death in custody of Mr Sefik Mujkic in Croatia and the alleged miscarriage of justice in the case of the “Zvornic Seven”, heard in the Republika Srpska.      (HL3289)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 22nd June (WA 72), whether the Highways Agency used an assessment method for the proposed A303 improvement scheme at Stonehenge which includes heritage value or sustainability among its criteria.      (HL3290)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what figure for the heritage value of the Stonehenge World Heritage Site the Highways Agency used in their choice of a preferred route for the A303 through the Stonehenge World Heritage Site and how this compares with the figures proposed in the Parliamentary Office and Science and Technology document, Tunnel Vision—the Future role of Tunnels in Transport Infrastructure and in the Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment study commissioned by English Heritage.      (HL3291)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what figure the Highways Agency used for the negative value (a) of the disruption that would be caused during the cutting and covering of a two-mile tunnel in the Stonehenge World Heritage Site to would-be visitors and others, and (b) of the permanent damage that this cutting and covering would cause to the World Heritage Site (including the permanent scar across the chalk landscape); and who they consulted in developing their own figures.      (HL3292)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Highways Agency has published the cost-benefit analyses of the alternative routes for the A303; and what bodies or individuals it consulted over the quality of the figures and estimates that it used and of the long terms effects on road traffic.      (HL3293)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Highways Agency has judged that the bored tunnel endorsed in 1994 by English Heritage and the National Trust as “the only feasible...route...which meets the essential requirements of this [Stonehenge] World Heritage Site” would provide no significant environmental benefits beyond those provided by the two kilometre cut-and-cover tunnel; and, if so, on what grounds they based this judgment.      (HL3294)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that, with half a million refugees reported to be there, a humanitarian catastrophe within Serbia is averted.      (HL3295)

The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to receive the Office of Fair Trading’s report on whether to make referral to the Competition Commission to investigate complaints of anti competitive practices in the private healthcare insurance sector.      (HL3296)

The Lord Cocks of Hartcliffe—To ask the Chairman of Committees who sits on the sub-committee appointed by the Administration and Works Sub-Committee to consider proposals for filming in the House; and whether the House has been notified of the membership of this sub-committee.      (HL3297)

The Lord Cocks of Hartcliffe—To ask the Chairman of Committees why the sub-committee of the Administration and Works sub-Committee responsible for filming in the House has accepted an application to make a documentary from a commercial company; and whether that sub-committee makes any distinction between proposals from commercial and non-commercial documentary makers.      (HL3298)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Donoughue on 16th June (WA 28), how many hours they estimate would be reasonable to allocate to the training of candidate Official Veterinary Surgeons in the Hygiene Assessment Scheme (HAS); and how they can be satisfied that the training of Official Veterinary Surgeons in the implementation of the HAS is adequate, since they are unable to state how many hours are devoted to the HAS in the conversion training for Official Veterinary Surgeons.      (HL3299)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Official Veterinary Surgeons are permitted to draw conclusions as to the failure of licensed slaughterhouse or cutting plant operators to comply with Meat Hygiene of Specified Risk Material Regulations on the basis of incomplete observations and, on the basis of these observations, make allegations as to the lack of compliance.      (HL3300)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Donoughue on 16th June (WA 27-28), whether the survey carried out by Hudson and others, published in the Veterinary Record 139, in respect of the relationship between microbiological standards of carcasses and Hygiene Assessment Scheme (HAS) scores, was determined on the basis of a scientifically sound random sample which took account of all the potential variables in slaughterhouses; and whether some slaughterhouses for which high HAS scores were calculated also yielded high carcass microbiological counts and vice versa.      (HL3301)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Donoughue on 16th June (WA 27-28), whether the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food is able to demonstrate a negative correlation between Hygiene Assessment Scheme (HAS) scores and total viable bacterial counts in relation to licensed slaughterhouses and cutting plants where the HAS scores are calculated by non-United Kingdom national Official Veterinary Surgeons.      (HL3302)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the scientific basis to the revised Hygiene Assessment Scheme, due to be implemented on 1st July 1999.      (HL3303)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total expenditure on offices and administration for the Meat Hygiene Service for the last financial year.      (HL3304)

The Lord Swinfen—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, if the primary purpose of establishing the Meat Hygiene Service was to promote consistency and uniformity of meat hygiene law enforcement and inspection, there is now a justification for the Service, since the role of the proposed Food Standards Agency is to promote the consistency and uniformity of food safety law in general; and whether, therefore, it would be appropriate to return meat hygiene law enforcement to local authorities, under the general supervision of the Food Standards Agency, when it is established.      (HL3305)

The Lord Swinfen—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the separation of the audit function of the proposed Food Standards Agency in relation to the Meat Hygiene Service from the day-to-day operation of the Service, is sufficient guarantee of its independence and impartiality when the staff carrying out the audit will be employed by the Food Standards Agency, of which the Meat Hygiene Service will be a part.      (HL3306)

The Lord Swinfen—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the transfer of the Meat Hygiene Service, as an executive agency of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, to the proposed Food Standards Agency is compatible with the guiding principles of the Agency expressed in the White Paper on the Food Standards Agency in that its assessments of meat hygiene and safety may be affected by virtue of its ownership of the Meat Hygiene Service and its responsibility for ensuring that it meets its performance targets.      (HL3307)

The Earl Grey—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is appropriate for the headquarters of the proposed Food Standards Agency to be located in a building, the ground floor of which is a branch of a national supermarket chain.      (HL3308)

The Earl Grey—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the proposed Food Standards Agency will ensure fairness in its auditing teams which assess the performance of the Meat Hygiene Service, when those officers will be aware that any shortcomings of the Service might reflect on the Agency which employs them; and how they will prevent pressure by senior officers of the Agency being applied to auditors to tone down criticism of under-performance.      (HL3309)

The Earl Grey—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of the annual income of the Meat Hygiene Service will contribute to the annual running of the proposed Food Standards Agency; and whether the Agency would require additional funding if the Meat Hygiene Service was not absorbed into its structure.      (HL3310)

The Lord Blyth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the provisions of the Food Standards Bill, if approved by Parliament unaltered, would give them sufficient powers to create under the aegis of the proposed Food Standards Agency a national food safety law enforcement authority, assuming in part or in whole the food safety law enforcement powers of local authorities, without further reference to Parliament other than by way of Statutory Instruments; and whether they intend to create such an authority.      (HL3311)

The Lord Blyth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how, in the event of a food safety crisis involving the meat industry, arising in whole or in part from the performance of meat hygiene enforcement officials, the proposed Food Standards Agency will be able to act as an independent arbiter of enforcement standards, when it may be perceived to bear some responsibility for that performance by virtue of the absorption of the Meat Hygiene Service into its structure.      (HL3312)

The Lord Blyth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what factors were taken into account when the decision was taken to absorb the Meat Hygiene Service into the structure of the proposed Food Standards Agency was made.      (HL3313)

The Lord Blyth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any alternative arrangements were considered for the continuation of the Meat Hygiene Service, other than its absorption into the structure of the proposed Food Standards Agency; what those arrangements were; and in the event that any were considered, why they were rejected.      (HL3314)

The Lord Blyth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the context of the proposed Food Standards Agency exercising its auditing function in respect of the Meat Hygiene Service, what powers or authority they will have to enforce its findings, where these indicate that the Meat Hygiene Service is failing to perform satisfactorily; and what sanctions they will be able to impose in the event that the Meat Hygiene Service does not meet its performance targets.      (HL3315)

The Lady Kinloss—To ask Her Majesty’s Government who, in the event of a dispute between the proposed Food Standards Agency and the Meat Hygiene Service, as to the Service’s performance targets set by the Agency, will arbitrate, or whether the Agency will have sole authority to set and enforce its targets.      (HL3316)

The Lady Kinloss—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the proposal to integrate the Meat Hygiene Service into the proposed Food Standards Agency is sound, since the relationship will allow senior officials of the Meat Hygiene Service to attribute to the Agency any failures to meet performance standards, by virtue of the Agency having approved its spending and operations plans.      (HL3317)

The Lady Kinloss—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the relevant Minister, on being informed of alleged contraventions by a slaughterhouse owner, manager or his staff of Meat Hygiene or Specified Risk Material Regulations, has ever decided against initiating a prosecution against the advice of officials; and, if so, on how many times.      (HL3318)

The Lady Kinloss—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are aware of any scientific research which indicates that the post mortem inspection procedures applied to carcasses in slaughterhouses, carried out in accordance with the provisions of the Fresh Meat Directive 91/497/EEC, are themselves a significant cause of contamination in fresh meat.      (HL3319)

The Viscount Long—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have commissioned, are aware of, or will commission, detailed scientific studies which may identify differences in the microbiological standards of meat produced from slaughterhouses in which there is 50 per cent veterinary attendance or less, compared with those plants where there is 100 per cent attendance.      (HL3320)

The Viscount Long—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Meat Hygiene Service requires any records to be kept as to the number of carcasses in slaughterhouses which have been recommended for condemnation by Meat Hygiene Inspectors, following post mortem inspections, where those recommendations have been rejected by Official Veterinary Surgeons.      (HL3321)

The Viscount Long—To ask Her Majesty’s Government to whom, and in what manner, a Meat Hygiene Inspector may appeal in the event that his recommendation to condemn a carcass in a slaughterhouse, following his post mortem inspection, is rejected by his Official Veterinary Surgeon; and what arrangements are in force for the retention of such a carcass pending the determination of any appeal.      (HL3322)

The Viscount Long—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the event that a Meat Hygiene Inspector determines, following a post mortem inspection in a slaughterhouse, that a carcass should be condemned, and his recommendation is rejected by his Official Veterinary Surgeon, whether the Meat Hygiene Inspector is obliged to apply his personal stamp; and who takes responsibility for the condition of the carcass in the event that the meat derived from it is subsequently found to be unfit.      (HL3323)

The Viscount Long—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what training Official Veterinary Surgeons receive in the investigation of food poisoning; and how much time is allocated to this subject.      (HL3324)

The Viscount Long—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why, when slaughterhouse owners are obliged to provide samples to the Veterinary Medicines Directorate for residue sampling, not all of those samples are tested for residues.      (HL3325)

The Lord Palmer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government by how much salmonella food poisoning has decreased in 1998 compared with 1997; and for what reasons.      (HL3326)

The Lord Palmer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many letters to slaughterhouse owners and operators were written and signed by the chief executive of the Meat Hygiene Service in the financial years 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98 and 1998-99; and how many letters sent by slaughterhouse owners and operators, addressed to the chief executive, were received by the Meat Hygiene Service in the same periods.      (HL3327)

The Lord Palmer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why, if other European Union Member States are complying fully with the requirements for Official Veterinary Surgeon attendance in slaughterhouses and poultry processing plants, the Meat Hygiene Service, or its contractors, are able to recruit veterinary surgeons from those Member States, especially Spain which has large red meat and poultry industries of its own.      (HL3328)

The Lord Palmer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the event of a complaint from a consumer regarding unfit red meat or poultry for human consumption, where the unfitness results from a condition which could have or should have been apparent during a post mortem inspection of the carcass from which the meat was derived and the carcass had been duly inspected by Meat Hygiene Service staff, the owner or operator of the plant from which the meat originated has any legal liability for the condition of that meat.      (HL3329)

The Lord Palmer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Veterinary Medicines Directorate charges the meat industry 62 per cent more than the actual costs incurred by it for residue testing.      (HL3330)

The Lord Palmer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what stage the European Commission infraction proceedings have reached, in respect of non-compliance by the United Kingdom with the veterinary attendance provisions of the Fresh Meat Directive and the Poultry meat Directive.      (HL3331)

The Lord Tomlinson—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the Transport Council held in Luxembourg on 17th June.      (HL3332)

The Lord Monkswell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Urban Task Force Report will be published.      (HL3333)

The Lord Hacking—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to sign the Memorandum of Understanding with the United Nations in relation to peacekeeping operations.      (HL3334)

25th June

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total tonnage of poultry and poultry meat imported to the United Kingdom from each European Union country for each month since June 1998.      (HL3335)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures are taken by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to ensure that poultry and poultry meat imported from European Union countries comply with the latest Commission Decision on dioxin contamination and with poultry meat hygiene directives; how many checks have been conducted on these products in the last 12 months; in how many cases have infringements been found; and what action was taken when directives had not been adhered to.      (HL3336)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether imported Italian chicken is packed in accordance with European hygiene directives; and what action they propose to take to ensure compliance with European Union legislation.      (HL3337)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is a discrepancy between the Written Answers by the Lord Donoughue on 16th June (WA 28) and 23rd June (WA 96) where in the former he states that: “the Hygiene Assessment System (HAS) monitors the hygiene of licensed slaughterhouse and cutting plant operations, it does not assess their compliance with statutory and non-statutory requirements” and in the latter he states that the HAS is “...an integral part of Official Veterinary Surgeon supervision...and is therefore directly related to the enforcement of the statutory provisions of the Fresh Meat (Hygiene and Inspection) Regulations 1995”; and whether, if the latter reply is correct, the criteria used for assessing HAS scores should be confined to statutory requirements.      (HL3338)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many staff of the Meat Hygiene Service have been charged with, or convicted of, criminal offences which were committed at times when those staff were employed by the Meat Hygiene Service or its contractors.      (HL3339)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Meat Hygiene Service staff are required to comply with the instructions set out in the Meat Hygiene Service operation manual at all times; and what action is taken by the Meat Hygiene Service if they do not.      (HL3340)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements the Royal Parks Agency has set up for monitoring (a) the noise levels, (b) the damage to the fabric of Parks and (c) the effects on traffic and car-parking, both within Parks and within neighbouring streets, of the commercial concerts and the related closing of roads that they have authorised in Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens; and whether Ministers have approved these arrangements.      (HL3341)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the purpose of a building being constructed for NATO occupying 300 hectares in Kurjan in Albania and which, according to Albania reports, was recently looted of the equipment within it by Albania peasants.      (HL3342)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their position on the disposal of mustard gas and VX which were found in the premises of the United Nations Special Commission on its departure from Iraq.      (HL3343)

BILLS IN PROGRESS

[The date in brackets is the date for which the bill is set down]

Waiting for Second Reading


Committed to a Select Committee

    City of Newcastle upon Tyne [HL]
    Kent County Council [HL]

Committed to an Unopposed Bill Committee

    Medway Council [HL]
    United Reformed Church [HL] [22nd July]

Committed to a Grand Committee

    Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty [HL] [29th June]

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    Freedom of Information [HL]
    Greater London Authority [28th June]
    Welfare Reform and Pensions [6th July]
    Academic and Academic-Related Staff Pay and Conditions [HL] [28th June]
    Road Traffic (Vehicle Testing) [28th June]
    Genetically Modified Crops [HL] [9th July]
    European Tax Harmonisation (Veto) [HL]
    European Community Legislation (Impact) [HL]
    Parliamentary Government [HL]
    Road Traffic (Enforcement Powers) [HL] [9th July]
    Adoption (Intercountry Aspects)

Waiting for Report

    House of Lords [30th June]
    Employment Relations [8th July]

Waiting for Third Reading

    Local Government
    Breeding and Sale of Dogs (Welfare) [29th June]
    Protection of Children [5th July]
    Baxi Partnership Limited Trusts [HL]

Sent to the Commons

    Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) (Amendment) [HL]
    Trustee Delegation [HL]
    Commonwealth Development Corporation [HL]
    Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence [HL]
    Disability Rights Commission [HL]
    Health [HL]
    Births and Deaths Registration (Amendment) [HL]
    Criminal Cases Review (Insanity) [HL]
    European Parliamentary Elections (Gibraltar) [HL]
    Scottish Parliamentary Constituencies [HL]
    Road Traffic Regulation (Cycle Parking) [HL]
    Pollution Prevention and Control [HL]
    Obscenity [HL]
    Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) [HL]
    Alliance & Leicester plc (Group Reorganisation) [HL]
    London Local Authorities [HL]

Waiting for consideration of Commons amendments

    Access to Justice [HL]

Waiting for consideration of Commons Reasons

    Tax Credits [28th June]

Waiting for Royal Assent

    Health [HL]
    Water Industry
    University College London
    Imperial College
    HFC Bank

MEASURES IN PROGRESS

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Cathedrals [29th June]
    Care of Places of Worship [29th June]

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee

    Draft Stansted Airport Aircraft Movement Limit (Amendment) Order 1999

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Draft International Copper Study Group (Legal Capacities) Order 1999
    Draft Local Authorities (Contracting Out of Highway Functions) Order 1999
    Draft Contracting Out (Jury Summoning Functions) Order 1999

SPECIAL PROCEDURE ORDER IN PROGRESS

Waiting for expiry of resolution period

    City of Stoke-on-Trent Tunstall Northern By-Pass Local Government Act Compulsory Purchase Order 1997 [6th July]

DEREGULATION PROPOSAL IN PROGRESS

[The date in brackets is when the current stage of Parliamentary scrutiny ends]

Proposal reported from the Deregulation Committee

    Draft Deregulation (Casinos) Order 1999 [27th June] [20th Report]

COMMITTEES

[Unless otherwise indicated, Committees meet in the Lords’ rooms

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

TUESDAY 29TH JUNE

Freedom of Information (Select Committee)10.00 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.45 am
(Non-food crops)
Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England3.30 pm
(Select Committee)
Local Government (Organisation and Standards)4.00 pm
(Joint Committee)
European Communities (Select Committee)4.15 pm
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 30TH JUNE

European Communities (Sub-Committee C)10.00 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)10.30 am
(Science and Society)
Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee10.30 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
Science and Technology (Select Committee)2.00 pm
European Communities (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm
European Communities (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

THURSDAY 1ST JULY

European Communities (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am

MONDAY 5TH JULY

Procedure of the House Committee 3.30 pm
in the Moses Room

MONDAY 19TH JULY

Liaison Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

THURSDAY 22ND JULY

United Reformed Church Bill [HL] 11.00 am
(Unopposed Bill Committee)in the Moses Room

 
 
 
House of Lords home page Houses of Parliament home page House of Commons home page search page enquiries ordering


© Parliamentary copyright 1999
Prepared: 28 june 1999